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The basic idea behind EAGLES work is for the group to act as a
catalyst in order to pool concrete results coming
from current major European projects.
Relevant common practices or upcoming standards
are being used where appropriate as input to EAGLES work,
particularly in the
areas of lexicons, text encoding and speech. Numerous theories are being
taken into account, where appropriate, as any recommendation for
harmonisation must take into account the needs and nature of the different
major contemporary theories.
EAGLES is also drawing strong inspiration from
the results of major projects whose results have contributed to advancing
our understanding of harmonisation issues.
The major efforts in EAGLES
concentrate on the
following types of activities, which, as seen in the following, show how,
along very general lines, the work is organised in the five working groups.
- Detecting those areas ripe for short-term standardisation
vs. areas still in need of basic research and development;
- Assessing and discovering areas where there is a consensus across
existing linguistic resources, formalisms, speech systems and common
- Surveying and assessing available proposals or contributed
specifications in order to evaluate the potential for harmonisation
and convergence and for emergence of standards;
- Proposing common specifications for core sets of basic
phenomena, recommendations for good practice, for standard methodologies,
etc., on which a consensus can be found;
- Setting up guidelines for representation of core sets of basic
features, for representation of resources, etc.;
- Feasibility studies for less mature areas;
- Suggesting actions to be taken for a stepwise procedure
leading to the creation of multilingual reusable resources, elaboration of
evaluation methodologies and tools, etc.